Health & Wellness Features
US health care tab hits $3.2T; fastest growth in 8 years
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's health care tab grew at the fastest rate in eight years in 2015, driven by the coverage expansion in President Barack Obama's law and by costly prescription drugs, the government said Friday....
London mayor issues air pollution alert for 1st time
Poll: Only about 1 in 4 wants Trump to repeal health law
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Only about 1 in 4 people in the United States wants President-elect Donald Trump to entirely repeal his predecessor's health care law that extended coverage to millions, according to a poll....
Key House chairman: GOP will change Medicare, to 'save' it
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairman of a key House committee is pledging that congressional Republicans will change Medicare in order to save it....
Supreme Court takes up hospital pension dispute
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court will decide whether some of the nation's largest health providers can rely on their church affiliations to avoid complying with federal laws covering pension benefits for workers....
'Magic mushroom' psychedelic may ease anxiety, depression
NEW YORK (AP) -- The psychedelic drug in "magic mushrooms" can quickly and effectively help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients, an effect that may last for months, two small studies show....
Ohio pulls license of 1 of state's last few abortion clinics
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio has revoked the operating license of one of the state's few remaining abortion clinics on the grounds that it failed to obtain a required transfer agreement with a nearby hospital for emergencies....
Senate GOP shies from fight over Medicare
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional Democrats are warning that Speaker Paul Ryan and President-elect Donald Trump are gunning for Medicare - and they are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of an epic political battle over the government's flagship health program that covers 57 million Americans....
House OKs bill bolstering medical research, drug approvals
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House easily approved a sweeping biomedical bill Wednesday that would help drug and medical device companies win swifter government approval of their products, boost disease research and drug-abuse spending and revamp federal mental health programs....
Science panel urges rewrite of food allergy warning labels
WASHINGTON (AP) -- "Made in the same factory as peanuts." ''May contain traces of tree nuts." A new report says the hodgepodge of warnings that a food might accidentally contain a troublesome ingredient is confusing to people with food allergies, and calls for a makeover....
Last week a Texas federal judge issued a nationwide injunction blocking a new overtime rule expanding eligibility to employees earning up to 47,500 which would include many salaried supervisors and managers. The regulation is heralded as one of the Obama administration's landmark labor policies, but business groups, nonprofits and social service organizations are calling the directive a government overreach costing full time jobs and leaving vacancies unfilled. The delay gives Donald Trump an opportunity to roll back another regulation, key in his plan to stimulate economic growth.
Was retaining House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi the right decision for the Democratic Party?